KBYU-TV, virtual channel 11 (UHF digital channel 44), is a PBS member television station serving Salt Lake City, Utah, United States that is licensed to Provo. The station is owned by Brigham Young University BYU), which is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). KBYU maintains studio facilities located on the BYU campus in Provo, and its transmitter is located on Farnsworth Peak in the Oquirrh Mountains, southwest of Salt Lake City.

The station has a large that extend its over-the-air coverage throughout Utah, as well as portions of Idaho and Colorado. It is one of at least two PBS member stations that is owned and operated by a religious-based organization (the other being KMBH in Harlingen, Texas).

KBYU-TV was first licensed by the Federal Communications Commission on November 7, 1965. It first signed on the air just over a week later, on November 15. This made Salt Lake City one of the smallest markets with two non-commercial educational stations. In 2010, KBYU rebranded as "Eleven."

Digital television

Digital channels

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:

ChannelVideoAspectPSIP Short NameProgramming[2]
11.1720p16:9KBYUMain KBYU-TV programming / PBS
11.2BYUtvBYUtv
11.3480i4:3BYUtviBYUtv International

KBYU-TV also utilizes the alternate audio tracks that can be activated through the second audio program function, both carried on the third alternate audio track: the station's main channel features an audio simulcast of KBYU-FM (89.1), while digital subchannel 11.2 features an alternate audio feed of BYU Radio (which is commonly found streamed over the Internet).

Analog-to-digital conversion

In 1997, KBYU-TV was allotted UHF channel 39 for its digital signal, but in 1999, the station changed its digital allotment to UHF channel 44 as part of a digital channel realignment coordinated by DTV Utah, a consortium of eight Salt Lake City market television stations, of which KBYU is a member. KBYU-DT began broadcasting its digital signal on November 15, 2000 and it was licensed on January 23, 2003.

KBYU-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 11, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44,[3][4][5] using PSIP to display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 11.

Programming

Programming on KBYU-TV is general PBS fare, with emphasis on children's, informational and entertainment programming. The station also airs special programs related to the LDS church, and offers a nightly block of classic television programs, such as I Love Lucy, Perry Mason, My Three Sons, The Andy Griffith Show and Little House on the Prairie (as such, it is one of the only, if not the only, public television stations in the United States that broadcasts programming normally acquired for U.S. commercial syndication).

KBYU-TV has produced some notable programs for national distribution. Ancestors, produced in conjunction with the Family History Library and PBS, was a highly successful series of videos on family genealogy. It was so well received that KBYU-TV produced a second series of videos, also entitled Ancestors, which proved to be even more successful . Small Fortunes: Microcredit and the Future of Poverty, produced in 2005, explored the business of Microcredit through eleven providers of the service. Another show produced by KBYU was Hooked on Aerobics, which was on the air for many years.

Translators

KBYU-TV uses an extensive network of translator stations to extend its signal throughout Utah, plus parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada:

Translators of KBYU-TV
Call signCommunity of licenseAdditional Information
K04PIBluff, Utah
K05HBCedar City, Utah
K08PJ-DCedar City, Utah
K12QY-DLeamington, Utah
K13YCMontezuma Creek, Utah
K15GI-DFremont, Utah
K15HM-DMontezuma Creek, Utah
K16HI-DNavajo Mountain, Utah
K16HJ-DOljeto, Utah
K16HK-DMexican Hat, Utah
K17DG-DSummit County, Utah
K17JC-DOrderville, Utah
K18DN-DKanab, Utah
K18HO-DSalina, Utah
K19DOModena, Utah
K19HE-DBluff, Utah
K20GPOrangeville, Utah
K20JZ-DGreen River, Utah
K21HV-DMalad, Idaho
K21JY-DBoulder, Utah
K23FQ-DToquerville, Utah
Translators of KBYU-TV
Call signCommunity of licenseAdditional Information
K23GWPrice, Utah
K23IE-DEmery, Utah
K23IV-DSpring Glen, Utah
K23JN-DVirgin, Utah
K23KR-DAlton, Utah
K25HG-DPreston, Idaho
K25KU-DFerron, Utah
K25KV-DHuntington, Utah
K25LS-DCircleville, Utah
K26GD-DGarfield County, Utah
K27GN-DMyton, Utah
K27ID-DTropic, Utah
K27IT-DEscalante, Utah
K27JA-DHenefer, Utah
K27KD-DHatch, Utah
K27KR-DFishlake Resort, Utah
K28GQ-DIron County, Utah
K29IM-DSamak, Utah
K29IN-DCoalville, Utah
K29IX-DCaineville, Utah
K30HJ-DCortez, Colorado
K31FN-DManti, Utah
K32IU-DWanship, Utah
K32JP-DLogan, Utah
Translators of KBYU-TV
Call signCommunity of licenseAdditional Information
K33DLEureka, Utah
K33HPSamak, Utah
K33HQWanship, Utah
K33JE-DModena, Utah
K34FW-DEnterprise, Utah
K35JL-DNephi, Utah
K36FM-DBeaver, Utah
K36FT-DSanta Clara, Utah
K36FXGreen River, Utah
K36IL-DHanna, Utah
K36IN-DFruitland, Utah
K36IP-DScipio, Utah
K36IQ-DVernal, Utah
K36KV-DTeasdale, Utah
K38AJ-DBlanding, Utah
K38AQ-DRichfield, Utah
K38NQ-DOverton, Nevada
K39HS-DHeber, Utah
K39JL-DDuchesne, Utah
K39JZ-DSt. George, Utah
K39KG-DMayfield, Utah
K40FU-DRockville, Utah
K40KO-DFountain Green, Utah
Translators of KBYU-TV
Call signCommunity of licenseAdditional Information
K41FZ-DKoosharem, Utah
K41LC-DLong Valley Junction, Utah
K42AF-DParowan, Utah
K42IX-DAntimony, Utah
K43MC-DScofield, Utah
K44IN-DHenrieville, Utah
K44IS-DPrice, Utah
K44IU-DPanguitch, Utah
K44JT-DClear Creek, Utah
K45AGDuchesne, Utah
K45BY-DGarfield, Utah
K45GPEmery, Utah
K46FU-DHanksville, Utah
K46HO-DMount Pleasant, Utah
K46KN-DMarysvale, Utah
K47KK-DOrangeville, Utah
K47KS-DGarrison, Utah
K47KX-DGreen River, Utah
K48IJ-DPreston, Idaho
K49ATVernal, Utah
K49HU-DSoda Springs, Idaho
K49KZ-DSevier County, Utah
K49LR-DDelta, Utah
Translators of KBYU-TV
Call signCommunity of licenseAdditional Information
K50LJ-DSpring Glen, Utah
K50MC-DFillmore, Utah
K51JX-DHelper, Utah
K51KS-DMalad, Idaho
K52JZ-DWoodland, Utah

Other BYU Broadcasting divisions

BYUtv is broadcast nationwide via cable television providers, Dish Network and DirecTV, and is streamed worldwide at . Often confused with KBYU-TV, BYU TV is a separate programming entity. Related to BYU TV is its sister station BYU Television International, which is yet another a separate programming entity.

BYU Broadcasting also operates classical music radio station KBYU-FM (89.1), as well as internet-exclusive radio services.